Volkswagen ID.4 review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you’re looking for a reasonably large electric car then you’ll struggle to find anything cheaper to buy or run, although, as it stands, there isn't an ID.4 that qualifies for the Government's electric car grant. Even so, the ID.4’s list price is competitive with the entry-level Mustang Mach-E. It’s not predicted to depreciate particularly quickly, either, and should be worth more than half of what it cost new in three years' time.

That keeps its PCP finance rates on the money, too, although check out our New Car Buying service for the latest prices that will include any manufacturer incentives and dealer discounts currently available.

If you’re a company car driver, all electric cars cost buttons in benefit-in-kind (BiK) tax at the moment, which, of course, includes the ID.4.

Finally, let’s look at charging. It can fast charge at up to 125kW, which is quicker than the Mach-E and will get you from 10% to 80% in about 36 minutes. A 50kW charger (the kind that’s common in most service stations) will deliver the same charge in an hour and a quarter. If you plug it into a 7kW home wall box, a full charge from empty takes about half a day.

Equipment, options and extras

There will be more trims to follow in due course but for now the 1st Edition is all that’s available. It’s similarly equipped to the entry-level Mustang Mach-E Standard Range RWD.

Its key features include automatic lights and wipers, part-Alcantara seat trim, power-folding door mirrors, 30-colour ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a contrasting black roof, metallic paint, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 20in alloy wheels, privacy glass and adaptive cruise control.

Don’t forget the features we’ve mentioned already, like the infotainment system, the parking aids and the LED headlights. You cannot add many options but two to think about are a cable to charge the car from a three-pin plug (just in case that’s your only charging option) and the heat pump. This conditions the battery on cold days so it will hold a bigger charge and give you the maximum range.

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Reliability

Volkswagen finished in 20th place out of the total 31 manufacturers featured in our What Car? Reliability Survey. For context Kia was 7th, BMW was 9th, Ford was 18th and Tesla was down in 29th place.

The ID.4’s battery warranty lasts for eight years/100,000 miles and the rest of the car is warranted for three years/60,000 miles. That’s not great when you consider that the Kia e-Niro’s warranty stretches to seven years/100,000 miles.

Safety and security

The Volkswagen ID.4 had not been tested by Euro NCAP at the time of writing. The list of safety features it comes with is fairly average for the class and includes automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane assist, a driver fatigue monitor, eCall emergency response, automatic high beams and traffic sign recognition.

Car2x is also included – it communicates with other Car2x-equipped vehicles and notifies you in real time of any incidents or accidents ahead. Blind-spot monitoring isn’t available with the 1st Edition trim, though.

Overview

For the money, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a very good car. It’s practical, the 77kWh battery provides a great electric range, it’s well equipped (in 1st Edition trim) and it’s pretty comfortable and quiet on the move. If you want something faster or more enjoyable to drive, have a look at the Tesla Model 3, or for something cheaper and almost as practical, check out the Kia e-Niro.

  • 310-miles official range (77kWh battery)
  • Relatively cheap to buy and run
  • Well equipped (1st Edition trim)
  • Not fast by class standards
  • Surefooted but mundane handling
  • Poor infotainment and dashboard usability

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